2022 Workshops

Due to the fluctuating nature of pandemic response, we are currently offering both online and in-person instruction. Please check back for updates to this page, including additional workshop offerings and any necessary cancellations.

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Relicensure points for educators are available from the Utah State Board of Education for all workshops. For more information: Email or call 801-585-6019.   

In-Person Workshops

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Letterpress Printing: Text + Image
Marnie Powers-Torrey & Emily Tipps

May 11–June 29 
Wednesdays, 5–8 pm

$340
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Get a handle on what it takes to crank out an edition of gorgeous letterpress prints. This active, eight-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Guided by the instructor, participants design and produce four individual projects using a variety of relief techniques and tools including metal and wood type, zinc cuts, linoleum blocks, pressure prints, photopolymer plates, and collagraphs. Students should expect to spend time out of class each week to complete projects.

 

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The Book Artist as Naturalist
Rebecca Chamlee

June 17–18
Friday & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
$200
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For centuries, scientists, naturalists, and artists have preserved the ephemeral beauty of nature by printing directly from forms found in the natural world. This two-day workshop explores the botanical contact-printing process (eco-printing) to create images on paper with fresh and pressed plant materials. The first day, participants learn botanical contact-printing immersion techniques using dye baths on assorted paper. On the second day, the prints are used to create four non-adhesive books – a simple Jacob’s Ladder, a reverse piano hinge structure, a multiple signature pamphlet and a 4-needle (retchōsō) Japanese book with button and thread closure.

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Rebecca Chamlee is a self-taught naturalist and book artist who has published letterpress printed, limited-edition fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Her award-winning work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely. Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where she teaches bookbinding, letterpress printing, and artists’ book classes and heads the Book Arts Minor program. She also holds workshops at her studio and book arts centers throughout the country.

 

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Stretch & Sketch(book)
Jazmin Gallegos

June 11
Saturday, 10 am–12 pm
$45
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By combining thoughtful movement and bookbinding, instructor Jazmin Gallegos facilitates calm for both body and mind. Take part in a brief yoga session and then move to the Book Arts Studio for some bookmaking magic. Each participant walks away with a visual journal where meditative practices can continue to grow. All materials and art media are provided—just bring a yoga mat and wear comfy clothes.

 

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Responsive + Interpretive Narratives on the Risograph
Tricia Treacy

July 29–30
Friday & Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
$190
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In this workshop, participants experience accelerated collaborations through brief, brainstorming sessions and use of the Risograph as a generative tool for making. The ideation process begins with interpreting a story from audio samples and continues with prompts that allow participants to accidentally recreate/rethink/mash-up stories. These audio stories and a shared reserve of found images serve as catalysts for small groups to visualize an intersection of the narratives and develop two-page spreads for inclusion in the collective booklet. Each participant leaves with a copy or two of the editioned book-work and the skills to print on the spectacular Risograph. (Letterpress printing may also be used as a tool in this workshop.)

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Tricia Treacy’s practice is often collaborative and a blend of text-based media, artist books, design, installation, and/or print media. Processes of exploration, collaboration, and affinity with unique methods and protocols can be the content or the catalyst of her practice. She has initiated international collaborations that have resulted in publications, collaborated on a range of print based media, and presented creative research at international venues. Tricia was awarded fellowships/grants from the American Academy in Rome, DesignInquiry and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Tricia is an Associate Professor in Studio Art at Dartmouth College and received her MFA in Printmaking/Book Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

 

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Mokuhanga: Water-Based Woodblock Printing
Katie Baldwin

August 5–6
Friday, 10 am–6 pm, Saturday 12–6 pm 
$200
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Learn how to achieve multiple colors in a woodblock image with perfect registration through the traditional technique of Japanese woodblock printing. This workshop is an introduction to the printing process mokuhanga, which uses water-based pigments (or sumi ink), a kento registration method, and hand printing with a baren. Instruction covers tools, materials, the carving sequence, and printing methods associated with this process. All participants have the opportunity to carve and print a two-color image. One of the wonderful aspects of this process is that it does not require a press, or a large workspace!

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Born in the Pacific Northwest, Katie Baldwin earned a BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and an MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Baldwin is a 2021 Fulbright Scholar conducting research at the International Print Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Her artist books and prints are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, and Yale University, New Haven, CT; among others, and has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama Huntsville where she teaches printmaking.

 

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Family Bookmaking: Gather & Connect
Jazmin Gallegos

August 20
Saturday, 10–11:30 am
$40
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REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL SESSION

Live in-person session with the option to attend virtually via Zoom. Virtual participants will receive a link and a materials kit prior to the workshop. To ensure time for shipping of materials kits, virtual participants should register a minimum of two weeks prior to the session. Recording will be available for 30 days after the session.

Children six- to eighteen-years-old are welcome to bring an adult friend or family member to explore bookmaking through the lens of a naturalist. Each pair of bookmakers receives two kits of materials and can join us in-person or virtually. Each child and adult creates both a folded book form with pockets for found materials and a sewn book made of recycled materials to document findings in the wild. The workshop will also cover simple stamp-making and embellishments. After the workshop, head outside to observe, collect, and connect with the natural world that awaits!

 

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Illuminated Pages: Gold Leaf Techniques
Louona Tanner

September 13–29
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5–7 pm
$260
REGISTRATION through Lifelong Learning, coming soon!

Want to add some bling to bookwork or works on paper? Join us for a five-week survey of historic and contemporary gold leaf techniques. Through five small projects, participants gain experience with different illumination methods and are exposed to a variety of approaches, products, and papers. The course includes an introduction to the lettering arts, in-depth demonstrations, and plenty of hands-on practice with gold application. Leave the course with lots of sparkle and ideas to add more to future work! List of required tools.

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Louona Tanner is a Utah calligrapher and book artist. She graduated from Weber State University in Art, and was nominated for both woman of the year and talent of the year. She served twice as president of the Utah Calligraphic Artists’ Association (UCA) and has exhibited her work throughout Utah and at national calligraphy conventions. She has taught calligraphy, gold leaf, and book arts classes for UCA, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah Humanities Council, Great Salt Lake Book Festival, YouthCity Artways, The Leonardo, Salt Lake Community College, and the Book Arts Program.   

 

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Risograph Training

October 22nd
Session 1: Saturday, 10-11:30 am
Session 2: Saturday, 12-1:30 pm
$15
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What is a risograph duplicator, and why is it suddenly all the rage? The Riso is a Japanese stencil duplicator that blends the functionality of photocopying with the artistry of screenprinting. In this training, participants learn the requisite skills and best practices for risograph printing by printing a previously designed project. After completing the workshop, participants are invited to apply for independent studio use, and for a fee of $5/half hour, approved applicants are eligible to use the Riso for their own projects.

Virtual Sessions

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A Picture is One Thousand Words: Textual Portraits
Leslie Nichols

July 14
Thursday, 6–7 pm MDT
Free
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Artist talk followed by a brief Q&A session, live via Zoom

Join Leslie Nichols to learn about her process for creating Textual Portraits. In this series, Leslie types words from classic texts to compose images of contemporary women. These images visualize the historical context of women’s lives and convey a sense of social heritage. In this presentation, she will introduce the Textual Portrait series and share her methods of using the typewriter to create this work. 

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Leslie Nichols is an American artist known for her works created on manual typewriters which are featured in Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology and The Art of Typewriting. Her first experiments in letterpress were supported by an NEA Studio Residency Grant from the Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work has been recognized with additional grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, AAUW, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Great Meadows Foundation. Selected collections that feature her work include Yale University, the Library of Congress, and the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. Her studio is in Bowling Green, Kentucky where she teaches at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College.

 

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Family Bookmaking: Gather & Connect
Jazmin Gallegos

August 20
Saturday, 10–11:30 am
$40
REGISTER FOR IN-PERSON SESSION
REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL SESSION

Live in-person session with the option to attend virtually via Zoom. Virtual participants will receive a link and a materials kit prior to the workshop. To ensure time for shipping of materials kits, virtual participants should register a minimum of two weeks prior to the session. Recording will be available for 30 days after the session.

Children six- to eighteen-years-old are welcome to bring an adult friend or family member to explore bookmaking through the lens of a naturalist. Each pair of bookmakers receives two kits of materials and can join us in-person or virtually. Each child and adult creates both a folded book form with pockets for found materials and a sewn book made of recycled materials to document findings in the wild. The workshop will also cover simple stamp-making and embellishments. After the workshop, head outside to observe, collect, and connect with the natural world that awaits!

Your Place, Your Pace:
Bookmaking Sessions

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Join us for Your Place, Your Pace, a selection of pre-recorded workshops designed with your convenience in mind. Enjoy bookmaking from the comfort and privacy of your own home. Each session focuses on a different bookmaking technique and can be completed in one sitting or at your own pace. Take one, or take them all! Participants receive recording links and a materials kit, and are invited to ask questions via email. Availability is limited—don’t miss out!

All workshops are pre-recorded, virtual workshops. Participants receive recording links and materials kit. (An additional $25 will be billed for international shipping.)

 

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Customized Bookcloth: Backing Fabric
Emily Tipps

$55
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Fabric offers an attractive and durable solution for covering boxes and book covers, but ready-made bookcloth presents a limited palette of mostly solid colors and humdrum textures. Don't get hemmed in by run-of-the-mill choices! Instead, back textiles with Japanese paper for use as bookcloth. Want to cover an artist's book with calico from grandma's apron? Think art-deco-printed percale would make a swell cover for a blank journal? Would sleek silk be an elegant solution for that photo album? In this workshop, participants expand their ability to tailor bookwork by learning to back natural-fiber fabric with simple materials and easy-to-access tools. List of required tools.

 

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The Perfect Binding
Amy Thompson

$45
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Looking for a simple way to bind single sheets or folios? This workshop presents the perfect solution: the perfect binding! Using a modified approach based on machine binding processes for commercial paperbacks, the instructor guides participants through the construction of a perfect-bound book. A materials kit is provided for a single book and participants are advised on tools to gather or purchase. Leave with a perfect book and the ability to continue the practice. List of required tools.

 

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Content Round-Up: The Drum-Leaf Binding
Marnie Powers-Torrey

$45
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Developed and perfected by Timothy C. Ely, the drum-leaf binding offers an elegant solution for joining single folios. This simple, ingenious book form allows the artist to work freely with single sheets, unencumbered by imposition concerns until the pages are bound. Because the book opens completely flat, content won’t get hung up in the gutter. Leave with a book bound in quarter cloth and paper covered boards. List of required tools.

 

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Accordion Variations, session 1
Marnie Powers-Torrey

$35, materials kit & shipping included
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The first session begins with two basic accordions, introduces a hinged-panel accordion composed of pairs of boards, and then concludes with Hedi Kyle’s beloved flag book. This video sequence covers basic tips to building well-aligned accordions, which can be trickier than the simple-looking form suggests. List of required tools.


Accordion Variations, session 2
Marnie Powers-Torrey

$35, materials kit & shipping included
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The accordion is a basic book form that can be adapted in many creative ways. The second session explores some options: a concertina with pockets, the retreating accordion, a three-tiered accordion, and a paper slipcase to house the set of books. The slipcase is flexible and can accommodate books from both sessions, if desired. List of required tools.

 

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Endbands: Recipes and Techniques
Emily Tipps 

$40 materials kit & shipping included
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Do you want your books to be a little more gourmet? Endbands contribute to the structure and visual presentation of a book. In this workshop, participants learn to make a variety of these sewn (and stuck-on) beauties. The BAP provides the ingredients and recipes; participants just need a taste for the details and the desire to sample something new! This session covers six endband styles, which participants sew onto instructional “recipe cards” for easy future reference. List of required tools.

 

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The Clamshell Box: A Safe Place for Books
Emily Tipps 

$65, materials kit & shipping included
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When not being read, a book really just wants to be left alone in a safe place. The clamshell box is an ideal enclosure to keep books protected from dust, water, and light damage, as well as the general wear and tear of life on the shelf. Each participant in this workshop constructs a model clamshell box of a set size. Instruction includes basic strategies for measuring objects and cutting materials for future custom boxes. List of required tools.

 

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Coptic Binding
Amy Thompson

$45, materials kit & shipping included
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In ancient Egypt, the Copts used this binding technique for hundreds of years. Notable for the chain links across the spine and sewn-on boards, the binding is very flexible and can open to 360º for display. List of required tools.

 

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Long-Stitch with Leather
Amy Thompson

$50, materials kit & shipping included
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The elegant long-stitch has been used for inventive artists’ books and beautiful journals, but don’t be fooled by the apparent complexity of this exposed-sewing binding. Participants receive one set of materials, and the instructor shares examples with an assortment of thread, buttons, covers, and closures to ensure that the long-stitch never gets old. List of required tools.